10 European Palaces You Can Actually Rent – Live Like Royalty

If you are looking for a once in a lifetime vacation and would like to live like a king or queen, then consider renting a European palace for your next getaway. 

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Palaces in Greece

If you have always imagined that your kingdom was along the ocean and your palace right on the beach, then the Mansion Villa on Daios Cove is your dream come true. Set into the hillside and built with a base of beautiful stone, this estate in Crete offers an interior of classic Greek white walls, plush leather furniture and opulent bedrooms and baths. There is a full spa suite complete with gym, soaking tub, massage table and indoor pool. Outside, the multiple balconies provide beautiful ocean views and a chance to swim in the infinity pool.

For life like a king or queen living a Grecian dream, consider renting Nafsika Estate on the fabled island of Santorini. From your villa perched high on the cliffs above the ocean’s edge you will be mesmerized by the sight of the other islands and the volcanic shores that rise up majestically out of the azure blue sea. During the day you can enjoy an outdoor massage and at night you’ll witness a beautiful sunset that will take your breath away. The estate has 3,800 feet of elegantly furnished living space.

Villa Deep Blue enjoys the perfect setting high up on the hillside of the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea. Named for the azure colored waters far below, this palace is truly fit for a king or queen. The interior features exquisite tile floors, wood beams and stone. You can dine inside under a soaring cathedral ceiling or outside on the romantic covered patio. An outdoor kitchen allows you to cook and take in the astounding views. And if you have long ago traded your royal carriage for modern ways of travel, there is a helipad available too!

Palaces in France

If the French Alps are your ideal setting for life as royalty you will enjoy Chalet Dana in Megève, France. With over 9,000 square feet of living space and 8 bedrooms you can accommodate your entire royal clan. The outside of the palace is traditional stone and wood, and the inside is beautifully decorated and features dark woods that are the perfect complement to the snow outside. In the evening you can prepare a meal in the incredible chef’s kitchen. For a touch of romance, enjoy a glass of wine from the wine cellar as you cozy up next to the indoor fireplace or outdoor firepit.

For a truly regal experience in France, Chateau de Tourreau in Provence is the palace of your dreams. Set on magnificent tree-lined grounds with a classic fountain and stately walkway approach to the estate, the chateau features 9 bedrooms and 9 ensuite baths. The outdoor gardens are impeccable and the interior of the mansion reflects old world charm and beautiful furnishings and design. For the active guests, there are tennis, basketball and volleyball courts and multiple pools. Evening entertaining is perfect as you can cook in the chef’s kitchen and enjoy your sumptuous meal in the beautiful indoor dining room or alfresco in the poolside dining pavilion or the courtyard dining area. 

If you prefer to enjoy your royal getaway in the fabled French Riviera, Chateau Saint Georges is a historic estate located in a private, gated park. There are beautiful Mediterranean gardens with towering palms and cypress and the garden is adorned with statues amidst the magic of the colorful flowers. The villa, which was originally built for a renowned perfumer, overlooks Cannes and has been called “Little Versailles”. As you enter this palace you will be mesmerized by the arches, crystal chandeliers and exquisite French design. There is a beautiful indoor pool and a tower that will afford you stunning views of your kingdom too.

A Palace in Croatia

You can travel back in time by renting Villa Beba in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This historic estate overlooks Banje Beach and is a protected heritage property that has been owned by the same family since 1705. Recently and lovingly restored over the last three years, this palace features a mix of old world class and modern luxury. Multiple terraces, an outdoor kitchen and swimming pool entice you and you will find yourself drifting into dreams as you gaze upon the endless sea. The interior is a soothing white that highlights the beauty of the art and antiques.

Palaces in Italy

If the magic of Tuscany is calling to your royal family, then Vitigliano Relais & Spa in Chianti, Italy may offer the perfect respite from your daily life. This palace features 8 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms accommodating 16 guests, so you can travel with your whole entourage. The interior’s wood beams, stone accents and arched doorways reflect old world charm. There is a spa, complete with beautiful soaking tub and fireplace. In the late afternoon the golden light of the Tuscan sun adorns the countryside in a magical way.

Villa Le Scale in Anacapri, Italy is picture postcard perfect, a true Italian dream with gardens, a mansion and beautiful views of the sea. Overlooking the Gulf of Naples, this palace features tiered gardens with ancient pines, bronze and marble sculptures and gazebos covered with vines. Originally the summer home of a noble family, this property is beautiful restored and exquisitely decorated. Chef service is included so perhaps you could pack a gourmet picnic and enjoy exploring the wonderful grottoes and beaches.

For true waterfront luxury consider Villa Batell on the shore of Lake Como in Italy. This mansion looks like it could be featured in a James Bond movie, and is accessible by helicopter, seaplane, boat or car. There is a 40-horsepower speedboat and a fishing boat available for use by guests. The interior of this palace features beautiful chandeliers and a 1900 Blutner Grand Piano. It’s the perfect space for entertaining, with plentiful space for dining both indoors and out.


When you are looking for the ideal escape from your overscheduled lives, it’s great to create a dream adventure so you can live like the royals do! The cherished memories of your travels will last you a lifetime.

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